MEDFORD – Four Tufts University players earned Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III All-American honors announced today.
Senior attack Dakota Adamec and senior defender Hedy Veith both received IWLCA first team All-American honors. Senior midfielder Annie Sullivan and junior attack Emily Games are both on the second team.
The four total honorees for the Jumbos are tied for the most out of any Division III team in the country.
Head coach Courtney Shute's Jumbos had an historic 2019 season in which they finished with a 19-3 record, three more victories than any Jumbo team has had previously. Tufts also advanced to the program's first-ever NCAA Final Four. They finished as the NESCAC runner-up, falling 10-9 in the conference championship game against eventual national champion Middlebury College.
Tufts was one of four NCAA Regional hosts in the nation and advanced to the Final Four with an 11-6 quarterfinal win against York College (Pa.). The Jumbos were ranked fourth in the final IWLCA Division III poll.
All four players are repeating the All-American honor. Adamec is a first-team selection for the second year in a row. Veith adds this first-team honor to a third-team nod last season. Sullivan was also on the third team a year ago. Games was a third-team pick for the 2017 season.
Adamec also repeated as an IWLCA Pilgrim Region first team selection this spring. She was named NESCAC Player of the Year for the second straight season and was also a first team All-Conference pick for the second year in a row. She was selected IWLCA DIII National Offensive Player of the Week on March 27 of this season and finished with 43 goals and seven assists for 50 points. Her eight goals against Wesleyan tied the school record.
Games, a three-time IWLCA Pilgrim Region first team selection, was also a NESCAC All-Conference second team pick this season. Also selected as an IWLCA DIII National Offensive Player of the Week on April 10 of this season, Games' 62 goals in 2019 is a Tufts single-season record. Her 33 free-position goals were 13 more than anyone else in NESCAC.
Repeating as an IWLCA Pilgrim Region first team selection this year as well, Sullivan was NESCAC All-Conference second team. She was one of the nation's top two-way players who scored 31 goals with seven assists offensively and played a key role defensively on a team that allowed an 8.15 goals against average. She had six goals during the team's NCAA run, scoring in every game.
Veith was the leader of the Jumbo defense and was another repeat as an IWLCA Pilgrim Region first team selection. The NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year and an All-Conference first team selection, she was a returning All-American who led the team with 39 ground balls and 21 caused turnovers. She was part of a defense that posted two shutouts this season, including 18-0 in the NCAA second round versus Plymouth State.